Colin Turkington surges back into title reckoning in British Touring Car Championship

Colin Turkington with teammmates Jason Pato and Aron Smith
Colin Turkington with teammmates Jason Pato and Aron Smith

Colin Turkington surged back into contention to retain his British Touring Car Championship on Sunday.

Turkington claimed two race wins as the series resumed after the summer break at Snetterton circuit.

Team BMR cars scooped its first ever 1-2-3 finish at the Norfolk circuit.

Satisfying for Turkington to qualify ahead of Aron Smith and Jason Plato, his second pole position of the season. 

In fact, it was the first top three qualifying clean sweep in the BTCC since Vauxhall achieved the feat back in 2007.

The opening race saw the three Team BMR VW CCs at the head of the field with Turkingtton coming under pressure from Smith, but to his relief he finally broke clear to win from Smith by some two seconds with Plato third.

Fastest lap in the opener secured pole position in the second race for Turkington with Sam Tordoff alongside in his BMW.

Tordoff was expected to make a good start, but it was a hesitant one, and as just like in race one Turkington shot ahead and was never headed as he recorded his second win of the day with the Mercedes of Adam Mogan capturing second ahead of the BMW of Andy Priaulx.

Back in fourth the series leader Plato and with the points counted Turkington had moved into second place just eight points adrift of Plato. The final race and with a heavy helping of ballast onboard Turkington started from row three on the grid with Jack Goff on pole at the wheel of his MG and he enjoyed a lights to flag victory.

Plato came through to grab second and to remain at the top of the championship leaderboard.

Handicapped by the extra weight Turkington did well to finish seventh and to retain second overall in the race for the title, 16 points adrift of Plato. The series moves to Scotland for the next three rounds and to Knockhill a favourite circuit for Turkington.